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Top 10 Montreal Home Inspection Problems

July 3rd, 2013

Top 10 Home Inspection Montreal Problems

Hiring an inspector for a Montreal home inspection will reveal a lot about the home you’re about to purchase that isn’t noticeable to the average joe. After years of Montreal home inspections, we’ve noticed quiet a bit of problems with houses and condos in the Montreal region. Here are the Top 10 Home Inspection Problems YG Home Inspection Services have noticed:

Problem 1 – Grading and drainage

Grading and drainage problems were found to be the most common issue we have noticed. Cracked slabs in the foundation have resulted in water penetration in basements. The best way to prevent this is hire a certified contractor to redo the grading around your home. Another way is to redo your down sprout system directing water away from your foundation and house.

Problem 2 – Plumbing

We’ve notice a lot of plumbing problems, especially in older Montreal homes. This is most likely due to “wear and tear” and the age of installation. Common plumbing issues usually happen where we consume water everyday including faucets, below the sink, showers, and bathtubs. Other notable findings happen in piping, drains, toilets, water heaters, and water tanks.

Problem 3 – Ventilation

Many homes do not have proper ventilation systems. During our harsh Montreal winters, we tend to over insulate our home in order to keep the heat in. People do this in efforts to save money on expensive electrical bills. The problem with over insulating is that it causes poor ventilation which results in excessive moisture in your home. Excessive moisture causes mold which is hazardous to you and your family.

Problem 4 – Structure

Structural issues are most common in older homes. This includes damages in components such as your foundation walls, windows and door headers, and floor joists. These problems are usually minor ones, it’s best to hire a certified home inspector to assess and evaluate the damages.

Problem 5 – Roofs

Since we have all 4 seasons in Montreal, your roofing endures heavy rain falls, harsh winters, and strong winds. After about 15 to 20 years, your roof’s shingles need to be changed. If not changed, you risk your home experiencing water damage by leaky roofs caused by old damaged shingles and/or improper flashing. Redoing your roofing after 15 to 20 years is a good investment, since the expense of repairing a leaky roof is far greater.

Problem 6 – Exterior

The exterior portion of homes are often neglected by home owners. Common problems include drainage systems, exterior walls, decks, railings, and the exterior aspects of windows and doors. These issues are mostly caused by poor overall maintenance.

Problem 7 – Electrical

Another common problem we find are undersized and or improper electrical wiring. During an electrical inspection, we find problems of all nature such as the use of aluminum wiring, insufficient electricity servicing your home, unsuitable grounding, bad wiring connections, and not enough overload protection. The electrical aspect of your home should not be disregarded, since electrical problems are a serious safety hazard.

Problem 8 – Heating Systems

Each heating system requires different heat distributions and energy sources, requiring an inspection. Our findings include blocked chimneys, damaged heat exchangers and exhausts. The reality is that regularly evaluating your heating systems will save you money in the long run by reducing heating and cooling electricity bills.

Problem 9 – Environmental Hazards

A lot of older homes have hazardous environmental issues including lead paint, mold, asbestos, radon, indoor air quality, and the water quality of your home. Fixing and repairing these problems can be costly, but if neglected can cause hazardous to your family. It’s best to hire a professional home inspector to perform a thorough Montreal home inspection.

Problem 10 – Cosmetic

Cosmetic issues include cracks in your walls, ceiling, sidewalks and driveway. Unsafe stairs and handrails. Broken or faulty fixtures and faucets in your bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen. Poorly installed cupboards secured to walls. Although these issues may only appear be cosmetic, it still reflects the condition and safety of your home.

7% Of Homes Have Radon

June 18th, 2013

According to a study done by Health Canada, approximately 7% of Canadians live in a home that contains radon levels above safety guidelines. They estimate about 2000 people die every year due to radon. This should be alarming for homeowners, but the reality is that most people are unaware of what radon actually is.

What is Radon?

It’s is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless radioactive gas which is very harmful for people. It is a major carcinogenic gas which poses a high risk for lung cancer. Breathing in high levels this type of radioactive gas can cause lung cancer to the homeowners. It’s actually the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, which accounts for about 10% of cases. Radon levels are unpredictable and can be found depending on the location of your home, the age, and condition of the house. We have noticed this in several areas around Montreal, especially in Oka, Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, and Mont-Saint-Hilaire.

When Is Radon Most Dangerous?

Gas levels change depending on the time of year. During winter, we tend to keep the heat indoors by closing our windows and doors. This ultimately retains radon, increasing gas levels inside your home. It’s less potent during summer since we open our windows and doors to let fresh air inside.

How To Test For Radon?

If you suspect this type of gas in your home, please do not neglect the potential threat of radon. There are a wide variety of DIY “Do it yourself” tests available on the market so that you can determine the radon level in your home. Short term radon tests can last 2 to 7 days, while long term tests can take up to 1 to 12 months. If you do this test yourself and find high levels of radon, call a professional to perform the test to confirm the levels.

How To Prevent Radon Levels Rising?

There are certain elements in your home which can prevent the radon levels rising to alarming levels. If there are cracks, or gaps in your floorings, using a gas permeable layer beneath the flooring can minimize radon penetration. Also, sealing sump pumps using the correct caps reduces levels rising. It’s best to consult and hire trained professionals who deals with radon mitigation in homes.

YG Home Inspection Services In Montreal

Unfortunately, we do not provide a radon test because the short term test is unreliable and the long term test is too long to conduct. If radon levels are found to be too high, YG Home Inspection Services can guide you on the measures of how to reduce it to acceptable levels and to prevent it further.

Montreal Window Condensation Tips

May 16th, 2013

Montreal Water Condensation Tips

Have you ever noticed that your windows accumulate condensation during the winter? You are not alone, as the majority of Montrealer’s experience the problem. Think of a hot summers day and pulling out a cold drink out of the fridge, condensation build up on your glass. Window condensation occurs in winter because there is an excess of humidity in your home from heat. Heat normally travels to the coldest areas of your home, most likely your windows, which causes condensation.

Window condensation creates the perfect opportunity for water damages around your windows and can potentially cause harmful molds. There are many things home owners can do in order to prevent and treat window condensation in Montreal. As professional Montreal home inspectors, YG Home Inspection Services recommends the following tips on how to prevent and control condensation on windows.

Wipe down your window

Wiping down your windows is a simple strategy you can perform to get rid of window condensation. Although it is not a correct the problem itself, it is a quick fix to prevent water damage and mold.

Use a dryer

Hanging your clothes to dry inside your home significantly emits moisture in your home. If possible, use a dryer to dry your clothes during the winter.

Opening your window

Opening your windows slightly enables proper ventilation and air exchange. The only drawback is that it may increase your heating bill.

Exhaust fans

The use of exhaust fans are important, especially when taking those hot showers in the bathroom. Extracting moisture to the outdoors drastically helps reduce the chances of mold developing in your bathroom. We typically recommend leaving on the exhaust fan for another 10 minutes after your shower.

Purchase a humidifier

Purchasing a humidifier can help reduce the issue of window condensation. Its job is to control the moisture levels inside your home.

Install better insulated windows

Installing better quality windows can help prevent window condensation. For example, a triple pane window is more likely to prevent condensation than a double pane window.

Install a Heat Recovery Ventilator

Another possible solution is to install a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HVR). An HVR is a device that pulls out stale/moist air out of your home and brings in fresh air from outside. HVR’s can be expensive but it’s worth getting if you can afford one.

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April 26th, 2013

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How Much Does A Montreal Home Inspection Cost?

April 3rd, 2013

How Much Does A Montreal Home Inspection Cost?
A Montreal home inspection is highly recommended by YG Home Inspection Services, whether it would be a house, condo, or multiplex. A home inspector detects any problems or issues that your home may have. A certified home inspector thoroughly examines all the major systems in your home inside and out.

So just how much does a Montreal home inspection cost? It really varies depending on the Montreal home inspection company. Some companies charge anywhere from $300 to $700 per home inspection. Since each inspection is unique, prices may vary. They are usually categorized into 3 groups: a condo inspection, house inspection, and a multiplex inspection.

Montreal Condo Inspection

A Montreal condo inspection typically costs less based on the fact that it has less square footage to examine. A condo still has most of the major systems and components as a house does, therefore it’s still recommended to inspect to prevent any surprises in your investment.

Montreal House Inspection

A Montreal house inspection is our most popular type of home inspection. There is usually more square footage than your average condo and the exterior portion of your home needs to be examined as well.

Montreal Multiplex Inspection

A multiplex home, either a duplex or triplex, has all the major systems and components as a house plus more square footage and levels. Obviously this type of Montreal home inspection is quoted the highest.

YG Home Inspection Services

YG Home Inspection Services believes that no one should put a price tag on your family’s personal safety. You may always shop around and try to obtain the cheapest home inspection quotes. However, before you do, you need to ask yourself some questions. Does this company provide you with all the required documents to help you make an informed decision? More importantly, are these home inspection companies certified and qualified? YG Home Inspection Services provides professional Montreal home inspection services that you can trust and rely on.